Kilifi Deputy Governor arrested after recovering for failing to self-quarantine as 6-yr-old boy dies from COVID-19

Kilifi Deputy Governor Gideon Saburi. [Photo Courtesy]

Kilifi Deputy Governor Gideon Saburi is now a guest of the state following his arrest on Friday afternoon.

Mr Saburi was on the government’s radar for failing to self-quarantine after his trip to Germany early March and it turned out that he tested positive for COVID-19.

The Kilifi DG was picked up by police officers at the Coast General Hospital and escorted to Port Police Station where he is currently locked up.

Health CS Mutahi Kagwe had on Thursday intimated that the DG would be arrested and charged for failing to self-quarantine. Mr Kagwe said the DG had fully recovered.

His appearance in public after his official trip to Germany drew a lot of backlash from Kenyans taunting him for putting scores of lives at risk. He is reportedly said to have attended three burials in Kilifi and held a meeting with some county officials including Kilifi Governor Amason Kingi.

He later apologized to Kilifi residents and Kenyans saying he had been given a clean bill of health upon his return from Germany.

Still, on matters coronavirus, 12 more people tested positive putting the number of recorded cases at 122, Health Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) Dr Mercy Mwangangi said on Friday.

Sadly, Kenya’s fourth COVID-19 patient, a 6-year-old boy died on Friday bringing the total number of deaths to 4.

Dr Mwangangi said that the boy had a pre-existing condition.

Out of the newly-diagnosed patients, 11 are Kenyans and one is a Somali national.